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Introduction to NATO Special Operations Course (INSOC)

Conducted by HIED


To provide students with foundational knowledge of the key doctrinal elements, principles of employment, organization, command relationship and current considerations for NATO Special Forces and Special Operations.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3232 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified Rel NATO Partners
Discipline: SOF - Special Operations
Area: SO - Special Operations
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Intermediate
ePrime No.: ACT.775
ETOC Code: SOF-SO-21824

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N3-142-A-24 26 Feb 24 - 01 Mar 24 Contact POC

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ADL courses can be accessed without the need for enrolment but students are required to register through the JADL portal using a military/government email address otherwise they will not be accepted.

Learning Objectives

ROLE OF NATO SPECIAL OPERATIONS: Given a set of parameters, the student will describe the characteristics, purpose, and mission sets of NATO special operations IAW references.

NATO SOF TASKS: Given a set of parameters, the student will summarize the principal tasks assigned to NATO SOF, to include special air and special maritime operations, and how they complement conventional operations IAW references.

NATO SOF EMPLOYMENT AND INTEGRATION: Given a set of parameters, the students will explain the policy authorizing special operations in NATO, the employment criteria and considerations, operational geometry and supported – supporting relationships.

NATO SOF COMMAND AND CONTROL (C2): Given a set of parameters, the student will explain the NATO political and strategic command and control organization and how special operations are integrated into the NATO command and control structure.

Special Operations Component Command (SOCC) Command Liaison and Special Elements: Given a set of parameters,the student will describe the roles and functions of SOCC command and liaison elements deployed throughout the joint force/combined joint task force organization, IAW references.

Special Operations Component Command (SOCC) within the Joint Forces Structure: Given a set of parameters, the student will summarize the SOCC's role within the JFHQ IAW references.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-2 through OF-5) and NCOs (OR-6 through OR-9), or civilian equivalents, who are assigned, or selected for assignment, to the NATO Command and Force Structures, PfP Headquarters or Agencies, Ministry of Defense, or liaison.

Personnel assigned to any military MD or ICI headquarters, unit, or agency which fulfills responsibilities in support of NATO will also be considered.

Language Proficiency: English 3232 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-6 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-2 thru OF-5


This one week course is comprised of formal lectures designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the content being presented, followed by brief, moderated Q&A sessions.

Apart of this interactive plenary lecture, practical exercises (based on a Case Study) in small syndicates followed by back briefs to plenary and discussion with comments that amplify the classes, will be held. Multimedia means are used in a balanced and constructive combination to enhance internalization of information.

Further Information

NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) is actively involved in supporting the education and individual training of Conventional Forces to support the conduct of Special Operations (SO) and the utilization of Special Operations Forces (SOF). Developing a more detailed understanding of SO and SOF for convential forces with NATO enables better force integration and serves as a force multiplier for the Joint Forces Commander.

The NSO Irregular Warfare Department delivers a series of SOF courses to develop foundational knowledge of the organization, needs, principles of employment, means and potential benefits that can be provided by SOF in various theatres of operation. The Introduction to NATO Special Operations Course (INSOC) is the first course, followed in sequence with the Special Operations Air Integration Course (SOAIC). The third course, Special Operations Forces Integration Course (SOFI) is dedicated for senior personnel.

This INSOC course was created to provide an introduction to NATO Special Operations examining the background, considerations, and principles for integration of NATO SOF with Conventional Forces, in support of the Alliance.

Pre-Readings and Briefings

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